Thursday, December 27, 2012
LES MISERABLES EFFORTLESSLY GLIDES TO THE SILVER SCREEN by Pamela Powell
Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway quickly changed their personas during 'Les Miserables' from convict to thief to nobleman and struggling mother to a destitute and desperate whore. These two actors were talented in their art, but they were also both talented singers. To convey the depth and meaning of the lyrics was also a daunting task, but they deftly performed their skills. Russell Crowe also demonstrated a skill previously unknown. His rich, velvety voice fit the part of policeman Javert perfectly. Their resonant voices, the full-bodied lyrics, and the richness of each of the characters pulled you into their troubled world. Remember, the title is 'Les Miserables.' It's not pretty in the superficial, typical way. But the story was so very beautiful. It was a story of love and not just love between a man and a woman, but love of honor, of country, of life, and of liberty as well. The loss these characters encountered was unfathomable. Some endured and some did not. Remember, 'Les Miserables.'
See this film if you loved the stage production of 'Les Miserables.' You won't be disappointed. You will be amazed at the unceasing talents of not just the main stars but everyone in this film. This was truly a wonderful adaptation from stage to film. However, if you aren't a fan of musicals, I'm guessing you might not enjoy this.